But regardless of the region, home-style Vietnamese cooking calls for an array of simple dishes that make complementary partners at a family’s communal meal. Dinners customarily call for a soup, probably a platter of leafy greens accompanied by rice papers and a dipping sauce, seafood or grilled meats or poultry, a vegetable stir-fry, and rice or noodles in some form – with hot tea as the preferred beverage. While such meals may look complex to outsiders, most dishes come together easily, and some call for advance preparation to avoid last-minute conflicts. And, as in any type of cooking, planning ahead makes putting together meals much easier. This rice paper roll is a popular dish of Vietname.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery stick
  • 2 cup of bean shoots
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pickled ginger
  • 1 bunch chopped chives
  • Rice paper sheets

 

DIPPING SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (is serving with meat use homemade fishless mock “fish” sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • 2 small red chilies, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

  • Roughly shred cucumber, carrot and celery and dip in boiling water to soften.
  • Place in large bowl and add the bean shoots, mint leaves, ginger and chives. Mix well.
  • Soften rice paper sheets by soaking in warm water. Place on a clean cotton cloth to absorb excess moisture.
  • Take a few spoonfuls of the ingredients and roll up tight in rice sheet.
  • Serve with the sauce.
  • This dish needs to be eaten soon after making to avoid rice paper becoming too soggy.
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